Video: Paul Konerko’s speech from Paul Konerko Day

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Watch as the retiring first baseman addresses the fans on Paul Konerko Day in Chicago …

It’s pretty fantastic that he opened his speech by giving a nod to the Royals, who have made the postseason for the first time since 1985. Konerko spent 16 of his 18 major league seasons playing for the White Sox.

Konerko will get his number (14) officially retired in a ceremony early next season at U.S. Cellular Field.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.